Finidi George: All You Need to Know About Amokachi, Other Assistant Coaches to Super Eagles Manager

Finidi George: All You Need to Know About Amokachi, Other Assistant Coaches to Super Eagles Manager

Raphael Abiola
updated at May 14, 2024 at 5:34 AM
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  • Finidi George has been unveiled as the new Super Eagles manager by the Nigeria Football Federation
  • The backroom staff who will work with the former Nigerian international was also confirmed by NFF
  • Sports Brief has shared some details about some of the backroom staff working with the new coach

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has unveiled Finidi George as the new Super Eagles manager, and his assistants were also confirmed on Monday.

The former Real Betis winger will take over the Super Eagles job permanently after working as Jose Peseiro's assistant at the last Africa Cup of Nations and as an interim boss during the international break in March.

The NFF left out so many details from their official statement announcing the appointment of Finidi as the men's national team coach, with one of them being the backroom staff and the other being the duration of the contract.

The Nigeria Football Federation unveils Finidi George as the new Super Eagles manager in Abuja on Monday, May 13. Photo: @NGSuperEagles.
The Nigeria Football Federation unveils Finidi George as the new Super Eagles manager in Abuja on Monday, May 13. Photo: @NGSuperEagles.
Source: Twitter

The former Enyimba FC coach reportedly signed a one-year contract and will work with former Super Eagles teammate Daniel Amokachi and two foreign individuals in his backroom staff.

Sports Brief outlines everything you need to know about Finidi George's assistants as he takes over the Super Eagles' permanent coaching role.

Details about Finidi George's assistants

1. Daniel Amokachi - Assistant coach

Amokachi, a former Nigerian international, played alongside Finidi George in the Super Eagles set-up.

He was born December 30, 1972, in Kaduna, Nigeria, and started his football career with Rancher Bees in 1989 before moving to Belgium.

Daniel joined Club Brugge in 1990 and left for Everton four years later. With the Toffees, he won the FA Cup and the Charity Shield, but his time in England was short due to constant injuries.

The former Nigerian international moved to Turkey to join Besiktas, winning the Turkish Cup and the Turkish Super Cup in 1998.

On the international scene, Amokachi was part of the Nigerian squad that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and participated in the country's first FIFA World Cup.

He was also part of the dream team that won gold in the footballing event at the 1996 Olympics.

The former Everton striker worked as Nasarawa United and Enyimba coach before taking up an assistant manager role with the Super Eagles. He was assistant to Stephen Keshi when Nigeria won the AFCON 2013 in South Africa.

2. Benjamin James - Assistant coach

James is also a former footballer. He played centre-back during his heydays and grew up in Lagos. He represented clubs like Shooting Stars, Stationery Stores, and Plateau United in the Nigerian league.

He decided to retire from the game in 2003 after having spells in Germany and Italy and has been coaching since then. James worked as an assistant coach with Hoffenheim's Youth team and would be a great addition to Finidi's backroom staff.

3. Olutunji Baruwa - Goalkeeper trainer

Baruwa is one of the backroom staff who worked with Jose Peseiro, whom Finidi is still sticking with. He replaced Ike Shorunmu during the AFCON 2023 qualifiers and was part of the success story at the competition earlier this year.

4. Chima Onyeike - Fitness coach

Onyeike is a Nigerian born in Zeist, Netherlands, and a former footballer who played for various clubs in the Dutch league.

Before retiring from football, he played for DEV, WGW, HRC, HFC Haarlem, Dordrecht, Excelsior, VVV-Venlo, TOP Oss, Cambuur, and Quick Boys.

Chima has a Sports Degree and has worked as a fitness coach for Anzhi Makhachkala, PAOK, VFB Stuggart, and Willem II.

5. Mehmet Ozturk - Analyst

Ozturk is the only person on the list who doesn't have Nigerian roots; he's Turkish. The 59-year-old will serve as the match analyst and has experience working with top teams in Europe.

Finidi ends 3-year stay with Enyimba

Sports Brief earlier reported when Finidi ended his three-year stay as Enyimba FC coach ahead of his unveiling.

The former Mallorca star said his goodbyes to the Aba-based club's fans, staff, and management, before assuming his role as Super Eagles coach.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.